I live in Abruzzo, a beautiful region in Central Italy, only two hours from Rome. While it’s well-known among Italians and Central Europeans, overseas visitors are only starting to...
“Rome is one of a kind. The modern city coexists next to ancient architectural feats. Cars weave around Roman monuments and new buildings adjoin Classical ruins. It’s like a living museum,” says Kelly Medford.
Since retiring two years ago, Vadim Ponorovsky has been enjoying the exciting and stimulating life of a roving retiree. He’s been to Mexico, Costa Rica, Italy, Spain, France, Japan, Thailand and Vietnam, immersing himself in new cultures and making new friends.
It was on a trip to the central Italian region of Abruzzo in late autumn that David and Sharyn Collins stumbled upon their new home. “We stopped in Sulmona and fell in love with it. It is one of Italy’s best-kept secrets. Sulmona is right in the centre of a valley with lots of beautiful towns, unspoiled villages, castles and wineries scattered all around it in the mountains,” the couple say.
In less than two years, Sherry Goodloe, 62, has visited England, Portugal, Italy, Spain, Finland and Bali—and savoured many memorable experiences along the way. Especially so in her favourite destination, Tenerife, the largest of Spain’s Canary Islands, where she explored the volcanic landscape atop a camel and marvelled at ocean-life from her seat inside a yellow submarine.
Overshadowed by Venice, Padua doesn’t get the attention it deserves. Only 30 minutes by train from its famous neighbour, it has stunning Venetian-style architecture, picturesque squares, world-class museums and a relaxed atmosphere of a university town. Rents are low, prices in restaurants and bars are reasonable and you can enjoy the ancient streets in peace without selfie-snapping tourists getting in your way.
On my many visits to Venice I have learnt that there are two cities: one is overrun by throngs of camera-clicking tourists and the other one is quiet with empty squares (called “campi”) and locals going on about their daily business. Guess which one I prefer? Getting lost in narrow lanes and crossing hundreds of bridges, I have discovered some of the best spots and views of the city, without the maddening crowds and astronomical prices.
In the morning, I like to take in the view from my balcony: To the south, I have the majestic, snow-capped peaks of the central Apennines, to the east, a turquoise stretch of the Adriatic Sea. And in between, olive groves, green meadows and picturesque hilltop towns...
Elegant palaces, spacious squares, historic monuments, grand historic cafes with marble tables and gilt-framed mirrors, excellent restaurant serving delicious local dishes… This is Turin, the capital of the northern Italian region Piedmont...
In 2012 Benjamin North Spencer and Nadine Guarrera Spencer, both 41, moved to the historic, coastal town of Riposto. Here, the shimmering waters of the Mediterranean are just a short stroll away, while Mount Etna, Sicily’s active volcano, provides a magnificent backdrop.